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Yes, it does sound like the latest-generation Canon speedlite 600EX-RT. So – will it be radio controlled as well? Maybe even compatible to the Canon radio control system?
Given that Canon charges a whopping $629 for their new flash and Yongnuo’s product usually cost maximum a third of that you might get excited. I definitely was when I saw it.
This new product can’t be found on the Us Canon website yet as of March 2nd, but the German website lists 2 new speedlite flashes from Canon: there is a non-radio version of the new Canon top-flash listed, and it’s simply called “Canon Speedlite 600EX”, i.e. without the “-RT” ending.
The specs are the same as for the revolutionary Speedlite 600-EX-RT with built-in radio-control mode, except that this new wireless feature is missing. But don’t worry, you still have the established optical wireless flash mode, capable of controlling 3 groups of flashes using 4 channels.
Together with other news Canon today announced
2 3 new speedlite products, the 600EX speedlite and the ST-E3 speedlite transmitter. These products are truly revolutionary as they come with built-in radio control for wireless flash, making the existing optical wireless technology (with its limitations) obsolete.
The third new product is the Speedlite 600-EX without radio control technology – see the 600EX page for more information.
Canon scores BIG against Nikon
Finally, the long-awaited new Yongnuo speedlite for Nikon is here and available for purchase from the manufacturer store on eBay: Yongnuo’s Nikon YN-565EX costs around $170 in the US – that’s almost 50% less than the investment needed for Nikon’s mid-range flash SB-700 with a more or less comparable feature set.
Nikon users had to wait for a long time to see a new Yongnuo hit the markets. The latest model had still been the lower-powered Yongnuo YN-467 first introduced in 2009, and there were no news during the entire year of 2011, just until now.
November 28, 2011: Nikon just announced the new SB-910 as an upgrade of their current professional hot shoe flash SB-900. The new SB-910 is expected to be available in mid December for around $550, and it will replace the current model, which is being phased out.
The SB-910 is a professional tool for photographers who don’t mind spending $550 on a new speedlight or for people who need rugged professional gear because that’s what they make their living with. For the normal user, the smaller and lighter Nikon SB-700 model is fully sufficient, and it can do everything that the SB-910 can.
Big news: Expected for December release is the new, upgraded Yongnuo YN560-II flash!
The YN-560 mark II is the latest model of the super popular “strobist” flash YN560 (visit David Hobby’s website here). The flash was face-lifted in January of 2011 already, when Yongnuo added a metal flash foot as well as improved electronics and quality control.
What’s coming now in December of 2011 is an entirely new generation with the YN-560 II, and it will replace the current YN-560 that’s being phased out over time.
Until November 2011, the Yongnuo YN-468 was the latest addition to the Yongnuo 46-x flash lineup and their 6th model overall. Improvements in the new YN468-II model include:
- new battery compartment design
- improved optical slave sensor
- better AF assist (laser-based design of their YN-565)
- PC sync port
- metal flash foot (like all YN flashes since Jan 2011)
- potentially better button material
Speedlights.net exclusive: the new flash unit YN-468 Mark II for Canon will be released during the month of November as a successor to the YN-468 speedlite flash!
Nov 3, 2011: The new YN-468-II has been released and is available now for $102! Get it from the manufacturer store: YN-468 II.
Improvements in this 2nd generation of this top-selling flashgun aim at the weak spots of the 1st gen model, a clear sign that the engineers at Yongnuo are paying attention to what their users are saying.
Finally the new Yongnuo YN-565 EX has arrived in the Speedlights.net office! Buying a flash is a quick thing thanks to the internet. What’s very time consuming is the testing, reviewing, and the writing process itself.
Which is why I’ll do it differently this time – this review gets published now, and will be updated and completed over time so that you don’t have to wait forever before the whole text comes together.
Here’s the full review program – available parts as of now are linked from the table of contents:
Here’s the PDF instruction manual for the Yongnuo YN-565 (the document covers both the Canon and Nikon version). Click on the image to open the document:
I just bought a Yongnuo YN-565 which should arrive within the next week at Speedlights.net.
Curious to learn how well the new flash works with the Canon Rebel T1i and ST-E2 wireless commanders as well as Nikon cameras and SB-7/8/900 flashes as wireless slave?